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Usual hours worked per week (last yr)


UHRSWORKLY is a 2-digit numeric value.

99 = 99 hours or more
999 = NIU (Not in universe)


UHRSWORKLY reports the number of hours per week that respondents usually worked if they worked during the previous calendar year. Individuals were asked this question if: 1) they reported working at a job or business at any time during the previous year or 2) they acknowledged doing "any temporary, part-time, or seasonal work even for a few days" during the previous year.

See the Hours Worked Variables Notes for an overview of the different actual and usual hours worked variables available.


Apart from changes in the variable universe, UHRSWORKLY is consistent over time.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

For UHRSWORKLY, as for other variables related to employment, the census used a lower age limit of 16 beginning in 1980. The CPS lower age limit was age 14 through 1979 and age 15 beginning in 1980. Because the CPS is designed to measure the labor force experience of civilians, members of the armed forces were not asked this question in the survey. Persons in the military are included in the census data.


  • 1976-1979: Civilians age 14+ who worked last year.
  • 1980-1989: Civilians age 15+ who worked last year.
  • 1990-2023: Persons age 15+ who worked last year.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1976 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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